The Costume Collection
In 1994 Beit Hatfutsot started to use costumes, based on information reflected in the Core Exhibition, to bring to life various periods in Jewish history. The original program that made use of costumed guides was called “The Quest”, and twelve outfits were created by a company called Harlequin. The initial outlay was covered by a donation from Edward Isaacs of Sheffield, England.
Further costumes were added to the collection for the “Until Midnight” show, held in the Core Exhibition.
Other outfits were made for the exhibition "Blue and White in Colors".
One very special costume was created to help reflect the history of North African Jewry after the 1492 Expulsion of the Jews from Spain. This is the “Grand Dress” or “Keswa el Kbira”. It was made by Ariella Grossman, who went to great lengths to make the costume as accurate as possible.
Beit Hatfutsot now has eighteen costumes which are used in a variety of programs.
Jewish Merchant. Amsterdam, 17th century. Beit Hatfutsot Costume Collection
Jewish Man, Ashkenaz, 12th century. Beit Hatfutsot Costume Collection
A rabbi in Babylon,2nd century. Beit Hatfutsot Costume Collection
A woman in Byzantium. Beit Hatfutsot, the Costume Collection
A woman from Italy. Beit Hatfutsot, the Costume Collection
“Keswa el Kbira”, Morocco. Beit Hatfutsot, the Costume Collection
(Photos: Yaacov Brill)